Monday, November 29, 2010
VOYAGE TO THE PLANET OF PREHISTORIC WOMEN (1968)
More of a voyage to the beach of hot blonds with clam-shells on their boobs but I see what they were going for. While Director Peter Bogdanovich would go on to direct way more serious films, like THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, this was his debut feature film which he made for Roger Corman's American International Pictures. What you have here is a cut and paste job using footage from VOYAGE TO THE PREHISTORIC PLANET and a couple of older Russian sci-fi films. Some new footage of Mamie Van Doren and her group of sexy inhabitants of what's supposed to be Venus were shot to spice things up and Bogdanovich does the voice-over narration. The dinosaurs and lizard-men they encounter look like they were made by Sid & Marty Krofft which just adds to the ultra-cheesy feel of the whole thing. For some reason astronauts from a lot of sci-fi movies of this time period always come off as real jerks to me. I mean they crack jokes, clown around and generally act like the most obnoxious, pompous American stereotypes. I was kinda hoping at least a few of them would wind up burning alive in hot lava but unfortunately I don't think this was ever meant to be anything even remotely serious. Check it out for the ultra-wacky factor alone.